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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-05-05
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastFair weather is forecast throughout the country with local cloud on the mainland in the afternoon. Winds northerly light to moderate in the west and moderate to strong in the east. The temperature in Athens will range from 16 to 29C and in Thessaloniki from 16 to 28C.
(5/5/2003 12:04:00 μμ)
 Part time employment to be boostedIn an interview with the newspaper 'To Ethnos', Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis gave the green light for the rise in pensions in the Public and Private sector, as well as the hiring of 30,000 people in the Public sector as part time employees.
Mr Christodoulakis also stressed that unemployment before the 2004 Parliamentary elections would fall to 8%.
Additionally, according to the newspaper 'Ta Nea', those who will be given priority to work as part time employees will be 35 year olds, unemployed who are close to getting their pension and long term unemployed.
(5/5/2003 12:05:00 μμ)
 Greeks satisfied with Greek EU PresidencyAccording to a research conducted by 'Metron Analysis' on behalf of the Foreign Ministry, 80% of the Greeks judged the Greek EU Presidency positively, while 90% consider Cyprus' accession to the European Union an important development. The research was conducted from 18 to 22 April.
Additionally, the European Union Summit Meeting in Greece regarding EU enlargement was described as very positive by the public opinion. According to 'Eleftherotipia' newspaper, 86.4% described the organization of the Summit Meeting positive, while only 7.4% described it in a negative way.
Regarding Cyprus' accession to the European Union, 56.6% considers it an important development and 33.6% consider it the most important development since Greece became a European Union member. Additionally, 80.5% believes that now there are more hopes for the resolution of the Cyprus issue.
Finally, Press spokesman of the Foreign Ministry Panayiotis Beglitis told NET 105.8 that the Greek foreign policy enjoys the trust of the Greek people, adding that it had been acknowledged by the European Union, the United States and also internationally as a factor of stability and security.
(5/5/2003 12:06:00 μμ)
 Cyprus waits for Tukey's change of stanceNicosia is waiting for Turkish Cypriot Rauf Denktash and Ankara's next moves, so as to determine its next steps for the resumption of the Cyprus talks on the basis of the United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan's plan.
At the same time, the Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul stated to the Greek newspaper 'To Ethnos' that there is time for the resolution of the Cyprus issue, adding that he is certain that negotiations will start soon.
(5/5/2003 12:07:00 μμ)
 Saunders case to be tried on MondayThe widow of British military attaché Steven Saunders, will be the first witness to testify today in the trial on the crimes allegedly committed by the 19 suspect members of the '17 November' terrorist organization. D. Koufontinas, Ag. Sotiropoulou, S. Xeros, and V. Xeros are accused of the British brigadier's murder in the summer of 2000, an event that involved Scotland Yard in the investigations that led to the eradication of the organization in the summer of 2002.
(5/5/2003 12:08:00 μμ)
 Karamanlis criticizes SimitisNew Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis from Ithaca, launched a verbal attack against Prime Minister Costas Simitis and maintained that the Prime Minister was mocking the Greek people when he referred to transparency and legality in public life.
At the same time, Press Minister Christos Protopapas accused the New Democracy party of vague and unverified accusations.
In reply, New Democracy party spokesman Theodoris Rousopoulos stated that the only concern of the government is to remain in power.
(5/5/2003 12:08:00 μμ)